Written by Tya Harlan, Children's Librarian, Madisonville Branch There's a lot of visionary ideas and nuances of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that have been left out of the mainstream narrative and history textbooks as time has passed. For starters, many don't know he was born Michael Luther King, Jr. King was born on January 15, 1929, and was the second of three children. When Michael was still young his father, Michael Luther King, Sr. was sent on a trip by Ebenezer Baptist Church to explore Europe. While there, he witnessed the rise of the Nazis in Germany. He also learned more about the Christian church reformer, Martin Luther. Michael was so impressed by what he learned that when he returned home he changed his and his son's name to Martin. Martin was an exceedingly smart child. He skipped 9th and 12th (some sources say 11th) grades, beginning college at the age of 15. He attended Morehouse College as well as the Crozer Theological Seminary for three years. His time at the seminary had long-lasting effects on the rest of his life. It was there that he began studying the works of Mohandas Gandhi, the Social Gospel of Walter Rauschenbusch, and began to see the correlation between civil rights and religion. He set aside thoughts of becoming a doctor or a lawyer and embraced the role of Reverend. He continued his education at Boston University and accepted the position of Reverend of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a good man. But it's easy to forget that he was a man; human. He married Coretta Scott King and they had four children together. Some in the African American community criticized him for bringing attention, bodies, and ultimately trouble (in the form of increased racial tension and violence against the nonviolent protestors at the hands of law enforcement) to cities, getting the ball rolling to bring national attention to the cause, and then leaving. At the same time the U.S and state governments surveilled him, arrested him, and considered him a public enemy, he also faced criticism by those inside his community who accused him of being more interested in being a “symbol” of the movement than he was in moving the movement forward. There are reports that he had multiple extramarital affairs. Despite this, Coretta Scott King, a civil rights leader in her own right, fought and stood alongside her husband. After King's assassination, she founded The King Center and campaigned for years to have his birthday memorialized as the national holiday it is today. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an extraordinary leader but was just a man. “By exalting the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. into a legendary tale that is annually told, we fail to recognize his humanity—his personal and public struggles that are similar to yours and mine, said Charles V. Willie, a college classmate of King's.